Constrcution Law
GENERAL EDUCATION: This course does not fulfill a General Education requirement.

DESCRIPTION: The purpose of this course is to provide an introduction to contract law and the legal requirements, regulations, and hazards of operating a construction enterprise.
TAUGHT: Fall, Winter, Summer (even years)
CONTENT AND TOPICS: The following represents a breakdown of the assignments for this class and the approximate point value of each:
1. Daily Quizzes 5 points x 40 = 200 points
2. Point of Law Presentation = 100 points
3. Legal Brief paper = 100 points
4. Arbitration Legal Defense = 200 points
5. Midterm/Final Exams = 200 points

Daily Quizzes: Quizzes will be given at the beginning of each class period on the assigned readings and the previous class period discussion. Students who are absent or tardy will not be allowed to make up the quiz, however, each student will be able to drop their two lowest quiz scores.

Point of Law Presentation: Each student will research, prepare, and become the class expert on a particular point of law that is assigned by the instructor. They will present their subject in a 15-minute formal PowerPoint presentation to the class.

Legal Brief Paper: Each student will prepare a written legal brief about a lawsuit or court ruling that has had an impact upon the construction industry. The paper should describe the circumstances that lead up to the legal action and both parties point of view. It should detail the prevailing laws, regulations, and court ruling that apply to the legal action. It should describe how the legal action was resolved and what is the impact and implications for the construction industry. It is expected that the paper will be properly referenced and footnoted with a minimum of ten double spaced pages.

Legal Defense Arbitration: For the purpose of this activity students will be divided into teams of three that represent either a construction company, owner, or architect who are having a legal dispute with another team. The contract specifies that all disputes must be settled by binding arbitration. Each team will prepare to defend its position before the arbitration board which will be made up of other classroom members. It is expected that you will present evidence in your defenses in the form of contracts, correspondence, and other evidence such as company records and job logs.

Examinations: A number of practical examinations will be given on reading and in-class material. The examinations will be scheduled in the testing center and the student should plan on taking the test by the date scheduled. An examination schedule is provided with the assignment sheet, generally students can take the exam up to one week before the expiration date.
GOALS AND OBJECTIVES: After successful completion of Construction Law, the student should:
1. Understand the American legal and judicial system.
2. Understand construction contract law and how it applies to construction contracts.
3. Understand the legal connotations of common construction industry practices.
4. Understand professional licensing requirements, labor laws, land use regulation, and environmental laws as they apply to the construction industry.
REQUIREMENTS: Attendance is essential for this course. Daily quizzes will be given at the beginning of class. Students who are late or absent will not be able to make-up the quiz.

Reading assignments will be given from both the text and assigned reading that are on reserve in the library.

It is expected that each student will abide Brigham Young University-Idaho dress, grooming, and honor standards.

Feel free to consult with the instructor anytime you have having difficulty. Office hours are posted and/or by appointment.
PREREQUISITES: Arch 100, Const 310, Const 330
OTHER: Text: "Principles and Practices of Construction Law," by Nancy J. White

The syllabus and assignment sheet represent a tentative outline and a schedule for this course. The instructor reserves the right to make changes, deletions, corrections, or additions during the course. Any changes will be made with advance notice of the students during regularly scheduled class times. It is the responsibility of the student to attend class and to be aware of the changes.

It is the student's responsibility to disclose to the teacher any special needs and/or learning disabilities he/she may have before the first week of class is over.